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Film Review Slumdog Millionaire Homework Answers

Interestingly enough, Indian culture is shown in the most globalized of manners.  The globalized nature of culture is seen best in the call center, when Jamal learns of American/ Western gossip and adopts these manners while on the phone.  As Jamal is older and seeks to understand the world, his construction of Indian culture is through a Western lens of perception.  His very hope of being on the television show is the Western idea of "get rich quick" and "instant popularity."  There are some elements of Indian culuture that are present, in terms of Jamal's own background.  The incessant love of Bollywood film stars is one such element.  Jamal literally travels through the most arduous of conditions to obtain Amitabh Bachchan's autograph.  At the same time, the riots over Hindu/ Muslim worship are shown to have disastrous consequences in terms of resulting in Jamal's mother's death.  At the same time, I think that the idea of what a "slumdog" is helps to bring to light how the notion of Indian social stratificaiton is present.  The fact that no one believes that a slumdog could possible know all of these answers to these questions helps to reveal how there is a sense of hierarchy in Indian culture and society, something that the film makes the case should be overcome with the ending to the film.

Summary:Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”But when the show breaks for the night,Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions. Intrigued by Jamal’s story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out. [Fox Searchlight]…Expand
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